Security operatives arrest 10 suspected cultists in Plateau
The Operation Safe Haven, the multi-security agency charged with the security situation in Plateau State has paraded 10 suspected cultists terrorising residents around Jos metropolis.
The taskforce also said 49 suspects are on its wanted list and urged communities to provide timely and accurate information on criminals.
The Media and Information Officer of the taskforce, Major Adam Umar, while parading the suspects described them as notorious cult members. He said though the spate of herdsmen/ farmer crisis and armed banditry across the state has greatly reduced, the increasing nature of cult related activities is a source of concern. Major Adam said, “the DHQ recently commissioned operation 777, which in part is designed to consolidate on the achievements of all on-going operations across Nigeria. In the course of executing this renewed mandate, OPSH raided criminal hideouts of some dreaded gangs and cultists leading to the arrest of some of their members who are responsible for some of the insecurity problems being experienced across the joint operation area.”
“Consequently, with the nefarious activities of these cult groups, OPSH necessitated a clampdown on their hideouts and upon the arrest, these 10 identified cult leaders are currently in our custody undergoing investigation,” he said.
The taskforce spokesperson said six suspects had earlier been arrested on the 21st of October and that preliminary investigations led to the arrest of four others who have been profiled, cross examined and their statements obtained.
“Analysis of the revelations from arrested group members revealed that there are five distinct cult groups operating in Jos under various appellations as: Neo-Black Movement of Africa (NBM) aka Black Axe, Supreme Viking aka Baggar/Arrow, Ayeh, Buccaneers and Tin Gold aka Blue Bed.”
Our correspondent, who spoke with the suspects reports that they all confirmed to be members of cult groups though some said they had resigned their membership.
Amos Lucky, 25, a member of Black Axe said he was lured into cultism at the university by a final year Law student. The graduate of Computer Science from the University of Jos, said except for the power they exercised, there was no gain in joining cultism because they were made to pay a semester due of N3,000 to the cult leadership led by one Zambota.